Learningto Sew and Embroidery
Sewingrefers to the craft, which involves stitching clothing fabricstogether with threads and needle using a machine or hand. Sewing isconsidered as a constructive craft rather than decorative likeembroidery. Embroidery refers to the craft that involves decoratingthe fabrics where stitching designs are made using yarn, thread and aneedle (Catherine 143).
Sewingstarted in the Tertiary period, around 60 million years ago. Manstarted to make stitches and decorate clothing fabrics long beforethe invention of sewing and embroidery machines. During that period,man used bones, stones and beads to decorate clothes for religiousand political purposes. Embroidery and sewing samples have beenidentified in the ancient China, Egypt, Russia and Persia. Inventionof the eye marked needle took place in the Tertiary period. Needleswere made using bones, ivory and horns (Twigg 78).
Aftermany years of using linen and bone-made needles, wool was discoveredin Europe in 440 B.C. In the 14thcentury, the spinning and twisting wheel machines were invented inEurope in order to fasten the art of sewing. People such as LeonardoDa Vinci and Johann Jurgen later invented a twister and a flyer in15thcentury. After long times of development, hand embroidery machine wasinvented in 1828 by Joshua Heilman. Embroidery was mainly done bywomen who lived and worked from their homes (Twigg 79). Later, peopledeveloped the Heilman embroidery machine in order to make distinctstitching designs at the same time. In the late 18thcentury, there was industrial production of sewing machines, forexample, Singer is a company known up to date due to manufacturingthe Singer machines. At this time, sewers were using silk and cottonas the sewing thread. The art of sewing and developed over that timeand has shaped the contemporary society in many fields (Twigg 80).
Someof the notable developments in the sewing and embroidery techniquesinclude invention of embroidery and sewing machines between 14thcentury and 18thcentury. Then, learning how to sew was made easier through theproduction of Singer machines in 1862. In the 19thcentury, embroidery products started to be displayed in theexhibition centres, for example, in Paris, London. Also, the art ofsewing became a task for men rather than for women only. Industrialproduction of sewing machines and embroidery products continued laterin the 20thcentury (Twigg 84).
Inthe 1930’s, the use of chemical fibres in sewing continued both inthe industries and local workshops. In the 1970’s, the sewingthread technology underwent significant changes with the use ofsynthetic fibres. In today’s world, silk is one the raw materialsthat make high quality garments. Cotton is the raw material that iswidely used in the clothing sector. The art of sewing and embroideryhas been developed by the modern technology such that many people donot rely on tailor made embroidery products (Catherine 156).
Someof the notable experts who have developed the art of embroidery andsewing include Leonardo Da Vinci, Johann Jurgen, JosuaHeilman andmore. Da Vinci and Jurgen were among the pioneers of sewing machinesthat were easier to use in the 15thcentury. They made people learn how to sew in an easier way. Heilmaninvented the first embroidery machine that was operated by hand. TheBritish chemists J.T. Dickson and J. R. Whinfield were among theinventors of synthetic fibres in the early 20thcentury.This has shaped the modern clothing industry (Catherine 167).
WorldviewIssues and Faith Implications
Someof the worldview issues that can relate to sewing and embroideryinclude the role of women in the society, postmodernism and thepopular culture. As stated earlier, embroidery and sewing was amongthe tasks performed by women in the traditional society. They madebeautiful stitches design using beads, threads and fruit seeds formen and the entire society at large. At that time, men performed hardtasks such as farming, providing security. Women, on another hand,lived in homes with their children. This brings the issue of genderroles in the society where women seem to conduct domestic works andmen work in offices. Many communities today still believe that womenare not meant to perform certain tasks, which are for men. As aresult, the communities’ organizations become male dominatedleading to gender discrimination (Scaraffia 34).
Postmodernismis another issue that is related to embroidery. In the traditionalsociety, the embroidery products were meant for particular purposes.For example, in religion stitches designs signified baptism,confirmation, the Holy Bible, the Holy Communion and the Christiancrosses. The same products have continuously been used up to date.Additionally, the embroidery products decorated the clothing for bothmen and women. However, due to the transition from a producer societyto a consumer society, most industries today produce embroidery forbeauty and goodness of the people. Popular culture is one thecharacteristics of the postmodern society. The design of clothestoday has facilitated the spread of the pop culture across the world.For example, theclothesdesigned in America have been adopted by manyAfrican countries.
Ina religious perspective, the embroidery products can be used toexpound more on the theme of truth.When stitching designs are used todecorate the garments for Christians, the Church can proclaim truthabout God in an easier way. Decorating clothes with designs thatillustrate the Body of Christ, the Cross and the Holy Bible affirmsChristians’ faith. These designs have been known to form the centreof focus and symbol of God’s presence among the Christians. Inother words, proclamation of truth becomes much easier when theChurch incorporates clothes with stitches designs bearing thepictures of Christamong the followers and the Priests (Scaraffia 39).
Sewingand embroidery are directly related to beauty and goodness of theclothes and shoes worn by people. People in the traditional societiesdesigned pictures including embroidery in order to explore beauty andattain high levels of goodness. Similarly, the modern society hasutilized the sewing techniques in order to achieve beauty inChurches, schools, workplaces, battlefields and more. The developmentof the stiches designs has made people look fashionable andcompatible with the modern society. Most people, today, wear clothesand shoes with unique designs in order to look beautiful and good inpublic places.
Otherthe stated themes, the topic of embroidery and sewing can also beused to address on other Christian themes such as faith, technologyand employment. Under the theme of truth, the Christian stitches havebeen identified as one of the symbols of Christian faith towardsGod.Embroidery and sewing is one of the topics covered when definingtechnology in a Christian approach. Additionally, employment can berelated to sewing and embroidery particularly in the modern society.
EffectiveRhetorical Strategy Planning
Inorder to present the discussed in a rhetorical way one ought todevelop a strategy that constitutes various elements. The elementscovered in this part will define how best the topic can be used toinform and persuade the audience. First, the aspect of the history ofsewing and embroidery can easily present itself even withoutdeveloping a strategy for it.When presenting the topic in front ofthe audience one should present the history of embroidery and sewingin a more appropriate way in order to attract their attention (Lauer89). It can be achieved when the major events are presented in asequential order so as the audience can relate to what they know.
Whiledescribing the relationship between sewing and embroidery withChristian themes such as faith and truth, one should first of allexplain what the embroidery products used for religious purposes.Then, he/she should give the direct relationship between the topicdiscussed and faith. At this moment, the presenter should be awareand ready for questions from the audience because explaining such arelationship is challenging.
Someof the initial thoughts that one can have before implementing thestrategies include removing doubts from the audience and thenpresenting a brief summary of the topic to be covered during the samepresentation. One can also think of asking the audience somequestions as a way of meeting the strategies laid down to create anappropriate rhetorical appeal with the audience.Some of the thingsthat one should plan for before presenting the topic in front of anaudience include taking down the questions and opinions raised by theaudience concerning the topic and the mode of presentation, as well(Verderber 40).
Catherine,Amanda. NeedleworkThrough History: An Encyclopedia.Westport, Conn: Greenwood, 2007. Print.
Thebook is reliable because it gives a concise history of the sewing andembroidery in the clothing industry. It is useful especially whenidentifying the pioneers of the booming sewing techniques in thecurrent society.
Lauer,Janice M. Inventionin Rhetoric and Composition.West Lafayette, Ind: Parlor Press, 2004. Print.
Thebook outlines some of the strategies applied in order to create astrong rhetoric appeal during the presentation of a project.
Scaraffia,Lucetta. Womenand Faith: Catholic Religious Life in Italy from Late Antiquity tothe Present.Cambridge, Mass. [u.a.: Harvard Univ. Press, 1999. Print. Leslie.
Thissource gives an overview of how women become more faithful to God dueto the symbolic stitches signs. Additionally, it expounds more on therole of women in the clothing industries.
Twigg,Jeanine. EmbroideryMachine Essentials.Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2001. Print.
Thebook outlines the major developments particularly in the embroiderytechniques.
Verderber,Rudolph F, Deanna D. Sellnow, and Kathleen S. Verderber. TheChallenge of Effective Speaking.Boston, MA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2012. Print.
Thesource explains the challenges of effective speaking and outlines themost appropriate steps for developing a rhetorical strategy plan.